Paddle Manitoba is helping to raise awareness and gauge support for the commissioning of a bronze statue commemorating the late paddling legend, Don Starkell. Although Don was nationally and internationally recognized for his many paddling achievements (including competing in and winning the Expo ’67 Trans-Canada canoe race, and paddling the Northwest Passage from Churchill to Tuktoyaktuk unsupported), his most famous feat was an epic 2-year 19,000-km canoeing odyssey from Winnipeg to the mouth of the Amazon River at Belem, Brazil.
A life-sized bronze sculpture depicting Don and his sons Dana and Jeff vigorously paddling their canoe would be a fitting tribute to this world-renowned adventurer and his record-breaking achievement. It would also represent a celebration of the culture of paddling, and spirit of outdoor recreation and exploration that Canadians are so well known for.
Please check out this website for more information:http://www.paddletotheamazon.com/Paddle_to_the_Amazon/Paddle_to_the_Amazon_Diaries/NewIndex.php
No donations are being accepted at this time, but your demonstration of support will be vital for moving this project ahead. Please email email@example.com or leave a comment in the forum section or on facebook to voice your support for this potential project.
Also, you can provide input on where you think the statue should be located and check back soon for news on the upcoming Don Starkell Commemorative Cruise, Paddling Flotilla, and BBQ planned for mid-July 2012.